British documentary funding organization The Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation has revealed the first round of grant recipients to be awarded £230,000 (US$364,000) in funding through its Documentary Journalism and Connect funds.
Announced last November, the non-profit’s two funds come from a partnership between UK pubcaster Channel 4 and The Bertha Foundation, and are worth £1.5 million (US$2.4 million) to filmmakers over the next three years.
The first six investigative documentary projects to receive funding through the Bertha Britdoc Documentary Journalism Fund include Control Room director Jehane Noujaim’s doc about the Egyptian revolution The Square; Fredrik Gertten’s Big Boys Gone Bananas; Richard Rowley’s Untitled Jeremy Scahill Project; Hopewell Chin’Ono’s Making the Case, Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law, and two other features which are being kept confidential.
The Bertha Britdoc Connect Fund, meanwhile, supports filmmakers in need of funds for audience outreach and engagement in Europe. Among the eight films this year are 2012 Sundance Film Festival winners The Invisible War, from director Kirby Dick, and Love Free Or Die, from director Macky Alston; as well as director Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated film Gasland, Penny Woolcock’s Birmingham gang project One Mile Away, director Michael Collins’ Give Up Tomorrow, Yoav Potash’s Crime After Crime, Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright’s Call Me Kuchu and Katie Dellamaggiore’s Brooklyn Castle.